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- In my possession, I have $20 and a valid Driver’s License.
- I am living in a mid-sized Midwest United States city with an adequate bus/trolley system for public transportation. In this way, transportation is not a limiting factor.
- I do not have a college degree(s), but did graduate from high school (or have the equivalent G.E.D certification).
- I have clothes that enable me to fit in with regular people. In this way, I don’t automatically appear homeless.
- Minister at Your Local Church
- Irregardless of my personal religious beliefs, probably the best source of information for where I can receive aid from the local community would be a minister/pastor/reverend at a local church.
- These individuals have experience with local community aid organizations, and can serve as a true “one-stop-shop” for how I should proceed in getting assistance.
So, that is how I would personally proceed in “stabilizing” my situation. However, just to give you all an idea of the types of organizations available to aid homeless people, I’ve put together a short list below.
- Homeless shelters
- These are organizations, such as The Salvation Army, that provide rooms for homeless people.
- You can find homeless shelters in your city/state at the following link – Homeless Shelter Directory.org
- Food banks
- Provide free meals to those in need.
- You can find food banks in your city/state at the following link – Find Food Banks By State/City
- Airport Valet – I’ve heard that some of these guys/gals make $100,000 per year. Just think – if you get $1 in tips per bag, that could add up quickly!
- Restaurant Waiter
- Tour guide/Bus or Shuttle Driver
- Sonic Drive-In Worker
- Porta-Potty Cleaner – This doesn’t involve tips, but due to the grotesque nature of the work, you can make $50,000 per year.
- Telephone Telemarketing – I’ve heard that people can make $15-$20 per hour with this. Plus, it’s air-conditioned!
How about you all? If you were homeless, what steps would you take to improve your situation? Have you ever known any one that was homeless?
Share your experiences by commenting below!
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